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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Sep 21, 2007 12:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER (recs please, long ones)

Thank you!...I was sitting here going "up through '74...what?"

Many Dead songs had several peak years, but 1974 is far and away definitive year for this pairing. Many great ones to choose from but I'll still go with the Provy show at the end of June- yes, most are familiar with it but it's a classic for a reason.

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Poster: He Live's Date: Sep 21, 2007 8:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Granted 1974 CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER (recs please, long ones)

the main thing i was interested in with the post was length and not so much the gerth.

granted the superiority of the 74 china>riders....which ones stretch out to 10 minutes before the beginning of i know you rider

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Sep 21, 2007 12:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER (recs please, long ones)

I was trying to be good but with the risk of sounding like Pat Kelley with his 6-25-85 fetish, I just have yet to find a better one than 5-19-74.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Sep 21, 2007 1:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER (recs please, long ones)

Agree that 1974 was THE year for the most consistent ChinaRider monsters.

The Dix Pick mentioned above, which has 2 1/2 mins. of gorgeous SPACE before China even begins is to me, still the best. And they groove on the China theme for a good 3 mins. before even beginning the first verse...

2nd place for me is a tie between Johnny's 5/19/74 and a brilliant one from 2/24/74:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd74-02-24.sbd.windsor.199.sbefail.shnf

http://www.archive.org/details/gd74-02-22.sndchk.serafin.8623.sbefail.shnf

Outrageous transition MLB/Feelin'Groovy section (whatever you wanna call it) into the Rider.

Grand version.

This post was modified by grendelschoice on 2007-09-21 20:04:53

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Poster: The Bopper Date: Sep 21, 2007 1:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER (recs please, long ones)

I think '82 was the best year for China Riders. Tough to compare to the early 70's versions, but as for the 80's, I think '82 takes the cake.

8/7/82, 8/10/82, 9/5/82

also 8/21/83 is a great one